Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in mental wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Vicki Garcia, Founder of VCG Coaching, located in Seattle, WA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Professional Development and Corporate Coaching for women in the Technology, Pharmaceutical, and Health industries.

Tell us about yourself

My first career was in the Pharmaceutical industry doing drug research. As much as I loved being immersed in science, I craved a career where I could focus more on supporting people in a more personal way. I was on my own personal development journey and found it so impactful I wanted to share that work with everyone. I hired a Life Coach, and that was the beginning of me realizing I wanted to be a coach myself. I spent 14 months getting my Life Coach Certification. I earned my first Certification in 2008, left the pharmaceutical industry in 2009, and haven't looked back. I'm motivated each day by the opportunity to support such incredible humans. I'm inspired by my clients and what they accomplish.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I think my biggest accomplishment as a business owner is still being in business after 15 years! I kept hearing that statistic that says most businesses fail within five years. My goal, in the beginning, was not to be included in that statistic.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

One of the hardest things that come with being a business owner is that I wear all the hats. It's just me, so there isn't anyone to come to my rescue when I have a problem. I do have support, but the buck stops with me at the end of the day. Sometimes that can be overwhelming.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Do your market research first. Is there a market for what you want to sell? Are people currently buying what you sell?
  2. Get your business systems set up from the beginning. Don't skip this step, or it will come back to haunt you later. Ask me how I know.
  3. Get support. Hire a Coach or Mentor. Get advice from someone who has done what you want to do. Don't try to do everything by yourself.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Running a business can be hard work. There are so many moving parts to think about. It's easy to get overwhelmed and burned out. It's important to work smart, not hard. This is why support is so important. It's also rewarding to see the fruits of your labor and know that YOU did it. Starting and running my business has been the best thing I ever did for myself.

Where can people find you and your business?


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